Mr. M. Brosio.
Continued growth Warsaw Pact forces - Mediterranean - Soviet maritime and global strategy reviewed - NATO measures.
The Defence Planning Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization met in Ministerial Session in Brussels on 11th
- Ministers noted with concern the continuing growth of the
armed forces of the Warsaw Pact. They reaffirmed the
determination of NATO countries to maintain the overall military
capability of the Alliance unless that capability can be reduced
within the context of mutual and balanced force reductions. They
welcomed the preparations made for a comprehensive review to be
undertaken of the defence of the Alliance in the decade of the
Seventies; a report will be submitted in time for their next
- Ministers discussed the continuing expansion of the Soviet
presence in the Mediterranean. They welcomed certain appropriate
steps already taken by NATO, including the recent activation of
the Naval On-Call Force Mediterranean for scheduled activities
including exercises and port calls; they invited member
countries to continue the improvement of surveillance measures,
and they instructed the Permanent Representatives, in
consultation with the NATO Military Authorities, to consider
further measures designed to improve the Allied presence in the
area and to enhance Allied vigilance.
- The Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic gave a presentation on
the maritime strategies and capabilities of NATO and the Soviet
bloc which analyzed the global maritime strategy of the Warsaw
Pact and, among other aspects, underlined the substantial growth
of their maritime forces relative to those of NATO. In their
discussion of this presentation Ministers noted that the
Military Committee is examining measures for improving the NATO
maritime posture in the Atlantic.
- Ministers reviewed the status of various on-going Alliance
defence planning studies, including a progress report on the
study of the relative force capabilities of NATO and the Warsaw
Pact countries. They also noted recent steps taken in support of
NATO's strategy of flexibility in response: these included
approval of a new five-year infrastructure program, new methods
of improving co-operation In research, development and
production, and the successful launching and testing of the
first NATO communications satellite.
- The next Ministerial meeting of the Defence Planning
Committee will take place in Brussels in December, 1970.